Marx and Wilsenach examine different ways of seeing: Looking down and looking up
Marx’s exhibition Lessons in Looking Down opens at the Goodman Gallery on Thursday evening . The exhibition takes its name from a chapter in Jules Verne’s book A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Verne’s two geologists discover a potential route into the centre of the Earth, and Verne has them prepare for their descent by taking ‘lessons in looking down’. They imagine what is below the earth’s surface in the same way that Marx, in disruptive evocative and poetic ways, explores the notion of ‘seeing’ what is normally not visible to the naked eye.
The exhibition closes on the 21st December.
And opening at Circa on Thursday evening is Berco Wilsenach’s Written in the Stars III . Also questioning the role of vision but instead of looking down onto and into the Earth’s surface, Wilsenach looks outward to space and the stars. Written in the Stars (the first of 3 exhibitions by this name) is described on Wilsenach’s website:
Wilsenach’s massive installation ‘Written in the stars’ forms a key part of a larger body of sculptural works. It is comprised of a series of glass panels shimmering in mid-air, lit from within and sand blasted with precisely plotted sectors of the visible night sky. Not only are these star maps presented as a tactile experience, but the necessary information is also written in Braille. This limits the experience for the sighted viewer, who can see the stars but only for their superficial beauty. The blind person has a more informative experience but cannot totally grasp the visual impact of the night sky. Both the blind and the sighted therefore remain in the dark.
This exhibition also runs until 21st December.